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Maybe our defense should have jumped out on Triche during his first half explosion. Same thing all year, Wiltjer got wide open looks, Seth Curry had numerous wide open looks, Illinois State did as well. Granted we lucked out against Duke and their perimeter shooters did more to keep us in the game. I understand everyone wants to dive down and slap the ball away but you MUST realize who is your defensive responsibility and act accordingly. I can only imagine what Nik Stauskas would do to us if we played Michigan. Remember when Butler knocked us out of the Tourney? Deja vu.
We're 67th in the country in 3 point FG defense (% made - 30.7% which is actually tied with Indiana and UK, ironically)
Of course, this is a little misleading. We're strong defensively when we force a bad 3 point shooter into taking a shot because of our half court defensive pressure, but because of our full court pressure, we actually seem to give up more wide open 3 point shots to good shooters. It's really going to be our Achilles heel. Is it that the zone we play is a little soft, which allows teams to drive and kick? Our turnovers seem to happen more before a team gets into their set than afterward.
Regardless, it's only going to be teams with special shooters (a 6'10" specialist, or a SG who can hit from 30 feet easily) where we're going to be the most exposed.
The biggest problem I think is going to be our lack of consistent outside shooting. Syracuse ran at Luke like he was the 2nd coming of Larry Bird, mainly because he has the best potential of our players to become a consistent outside shooter, and he isn't quick enough to get a fast release off, so we ended up with Siva questioning himself before every jumper. They even sagged off of Siva in the 2nd half daring him to shoot, but not Luke.
I cringed when we ascended to the #1 spot, because I don't think this team is quite ready for that sort of pressure. We're better flying under the radar, at least for now. But, I know Rick will have this team prepared for the tournament and we will be a force to be wrecken with. We don't have an attitude problem on this team (T-Will) and I'll take Peyton Siva all day over Edgar Sosa.
I don't buy that for a second. This is a veteran team that played fine on the road in its first game with that ranking. If they aren't ready for the pressure to be number 1 now, how in the hell will they ever be ready to win the game in April that will prove they are? This was just a game against another elite, evenly matched team, and we made 3 stupid plays that ultimately cost us. At this point we're 0-2 in coin flip games, and I have to figure that will even out given our talent.
I'm banking on Rick coaching them up between now and then. We still have a lot of room to grow this season.
Triche was 5-7 from behind the arc. Started 4-4 in the first half. Wiltjer was 4-7 and clanged a couple wide open threes. It's nice that we can lock down certain players but Stauskas or Rotnei Clark at Butler would light us up the likes of which have not been seen since Darnell Archey. I'd throw Shabazz Muhammed in that group too. The zone is quite active so long as the ball is out on the perimeter, but once it gets near the paint our guards act as if Gorgui is still on the pine in a suit. Guys, we WANT other teams trying to shoot over him.
It's just one aspect of the game which could have given us the win. Other things like rebounding or Siva actually playing like we know he can would have been just as effective.
That's not what he or I meant. You aren't going to coach guys to be mentally ready to be the number 1 team...just isn't going to happen. Our fans seem to have this underdog mindset that we can't possibly win as a favorite, which is stupid. If the team has that mindset they'll never win a NC.
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